By Brooke Williams
Release Date: February 4, 2015 from Prism Book Group
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Renee Lockhart has her eye on a lofty goal…to fill the open position of morning radio show host at the radio station where she works. When her co-workers sign her up for a local TV version of “the Bachelor,” Renee goes along with it in order to raise her public profile. Ben McConnell, the most eligible bachelor in town, insists that Renee be placed on the show, despite her bumbling audition. Ben gets much more than he expected in Renee. He gets a girl who doesn’t bow to his every whim…and a girl who opens his eyes to true, unexpected love. When nothing goes right on the local program called "Accept this Dandelion"...hilarity ensues. Imagine your worst possible dates happening...on TV!
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Imagine you're a man who has a hard time connecting with women. You hardly ever go on second dates because that zing just isn't there. Because of so many first dates, the media portrays you as a playboy. In reality, you are looking for the woman you can share your life with and have a family. This is the picture the author gives us of Ben McConnell.
I fell in love with both Ben and Renee instantly. They both had their own agendas for going through with the show, but as they got to know each other and the other contestants, everything changed. Renee stood out from the very beginning, completely by accident. What Renee didn't know was that she stood out to Ben from the moment he secretly watched her audition. Things continued on a bumpy and unusual path as Ben tried to give the ladies equal attention while getting to know Renee. I was shocked at times by some of the situations the pair seemed to get themselves into. The final Dandelion ceremony had me holding my breath and hoping for the best.
This story gave me plenty of laughs and even a few tears. The chemistry between Renee and Ben was genuine, their attraction held by more than just looks. Accept this Dandelion enraptured my mind with the sweet silliness we all wish for when falling in love.
Thanks so much to Brooke Williams and Prism Book group for gifting me with a copy of Accept this Dandelion in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Brooke Williams writes in a sleep-deprived state while her daughters nap. Her romantic comedy is best read in the same state. Brooke has twelve years of radio in her background, both behind the scenes and on the air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a short time despite the fact that she could care less about hair and make-up. Today, Brooke stays at home with her daughters and works as a freelance writer for a variety of companies. When she isn’t working for paying clients, she makes things up, which results in books like “Accept this Dandelion.” Brooke is also the author of “Wrong Place, Right Time,” “Someone Always Loved You,” and “Beyond the Bars.” And she looks forward to the upcoming released of “Mamarazzi” and “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut.” Brooke and her husband Sean have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (5) and Sadie (nearly 2).
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Renee leaned way over in her chair, throwing her arm up beside her for dramatic effect. She had the perfect line to close her short ad, but instead of delivering it, she flung one of the flickering candles to the floor with a loud crash.
“Fire!” she screamed as she realized the flame had not extinguished, but rather had transferred itself to the hem of her dress.
Before Renee could stop drop and roll, Ben leapt from his chair and threw himself across the small space separating them. The pressure of his body against her leg put out the fire instantly, but it also toppled her chair over, leaving them in a heap on the concrete.
Renee found herself on her side with Ben’s breath on her cheek. She slowly turned her head, though what she really wanted to do was push him away and run out of the studio as fast as possible.
“That was quite a commercial.” Ben didn’t make a move to rise. “Are you okay?”
Renee wasn’t sure how the dress looked, but there were no burning sensations on her leg. There was a twinge in the pit of her stomach. She nodded. “I’m okay.” She met his eyes and allowed herself a few beats to study him closely. He was handsome. And now, he was even a hero. Though he wouldn’t have had to save her from burning flames had she not set herself on fire.
Ben deftly got to his feet and pulled Renee from her chair as the producer rushed over and the camera operators stood by, panning down to capture Renee’s smoldering dress.
“Hey, Renee,” Ben whispered into her ear, “next time there’s fire between us, I’m not going to put it out.”